The Nuwara Eliya District Secretary Nandana Galaboda says heavy vehicles have been temporarily prevented from entering the Radella Shortcut Road along the Nuwara-Eliya-Hatton Road.
Galaboda said vehicles have accordingly been temporarily prevented from entering from today (21).
The District Secretary said he made a request to the Nanu Oya Police to temporarily suspend heavy vehicles from entering the road as several accidents have been reported along the road.
Police confirmed that three children, aged eight, 12 and 13 were among the seven persons who died in last evening’s accident in Nanu Oya.
At least 60 individuals sustained injuries in the accident and 53 are currently receiving treatment at the Nuwara Eliya General Hospital.
Police said a group of students from a prominent boy’s school in Colombo were travelling to Colombo from Nuwara-Eliya following an excursion when one of the buses transporting the students was involved in the accident.
Police Media Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said the bus collided with a parked van and the van rammed into a three-wheeler resulting in the bus falling 30 metres into a precipice.
The driver reportedly lost control of the bus which resulted in the accident.
SSP Thalduwa said 41 children, two teachers and three parents were in the bus at the time of the accident.
Six persons in the van and the three-0wheeler driver died in the incident.
An eight and 12 year-old girls, 13 year-old boy, three males aged 26 and 27 and a 43-year-old woman, residents of Nanu Oya and Hatton have died in the incident.
The Nanu Oya Police is conducting further investigations.